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A stevedore on the San Francisco docks in the 1940s, Eric Hoffer wrote philosophical treatises in his spare time while living in the railroad yards. The True Believer -- the first and most famous of his books -- was made into a bestseller when President Eisenhower cited it during one of the earliest television press conferences.Completely relevant and essential for understanding the world today, The True Believer is a visionary, highly provocative look into the mind of the fanatic and a penetrating study of how an individual becomes one.
Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) was self-educated. He worked in restaurants, as a migrant field-worker, and as a gold prospector. After Pearl Harbor, he worked as a longshoreman in San Francisco for twenty-five years. The author of more than ten books, including The Passionate State of Mind. The Ordeal of Change, and The Temper of Our Time, Eric Hoffer was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1983
Table of Contents
|The Appeal of Mass Movements|
|The Desire for Change||p. 3|
|The Desire for Substitutes||p. 12|
|The Interchangeability of Mass Movements||p. 16|
|The Potential Converts|
|The Role of the Undesirables in Human Affairs||p. 24|
|The Poor||p. 26|
|The New Poor||p. 26|
|The Abjectly Poor||p. 27|
|The Free Poor||p. 31|
|The Creative Poor||p. 34|
|The Unified Poor||p. 34|
|The Inordinately Selfish||p. 48|
|The Ambitious Facing Unlimited Opportunities||p. 49|
|The Bored||p. 51|
|The Sinners||p. 53|
|United Action and Self-sacrifice|
|Factors Promoting Self-sacrifice||p. 62|
|Identification with a Collective Whole||p. 62|
|Deprecation of the Present||p. 68|
|"Things Which Are Not"||p. 76|
|Mass Movements and Armies||p. 88|
|Unifying Agents||p. 91|
|Persuasion and Coercion||p. 105|
|The Effects of Unification||p. 126|
|Beginning and End|
|Men of Words||p. 130|
|The Fanatics||p. 143|
|The Practical Men of Action||p. 147|
|Good and Bad Mass Movements||p. 153|
|The Unattractiveness and Sterility of the Active Phase||p. 153|
|Some Factors Which Determine the Length of the Active Phase||p. 157|
|Useful Mass Movements||p. 162|
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